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Edited by bytor13 - 11/25/12 at 2:04pm
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That seems to be feedback extortion. Keep it polite, do what you have to do, and if he leaves bad feedback then show that exchange to ebay and ask to have the feedback removed.

OTOH, from the buyer's point of view it certainly appears that you are keeping him from winning this because the bids are low. Why not have your brother bid on it? You will end up paying 10% for your own item but you did make an error.
post #1338 of 14579
re: free stuff

I'v gotten ties thrown in on a couple ebay purchases, but both times they were pretty awful things that'd I'd never even consider wearing (like a really 90s stafford and an ugly, stained rooster).
post #1339 of 14579
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

That seems to be feedback extortion. Keep it polite, do what you have to do, and if he leaves bad feedback then show that exchange to ebay and ask to have the feedback removed.
OTOH, from the buyer's point of view it certainly appears that you are keeping him from winning this because the bids are low. Why not have your brother bid on it? You will end up paying 10% for your own item but you did make an error.

Yeah, I can see how he might think that, but that's certainly not how I operate.  I would ask my brother to bid, but he doesn't have an eBay account and has 3 kids + a VERY pregnant wife right now, so I don't think it'd be worth it.  Since it was my mistake, I guess I'll just have to take any problems that come.

post #1340 of 14579
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

Others have said the same thing. A few people have included free gifts and have had little success with it and occasionally it backfires. I've included small gifts when I'm a day late on getting their shipment out and have received emails that express gratitude for it. I doubt it helps my sales, but maybe it prevents negative feedback and reminds the buyer that I'm not some major company but rather an individual that works full time and does this on the side. I like to think it puts things in perspective for them before they leave feedback that says "It took 3 days to ship! Blah, blah, blah..." biggrin.gif

 

I include a free tie when someone buys something for over $100. I've gotten thanked once or twice,but I do get positive feedback more often with that and less returns. 

post #1341 of 14579
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Originally Posted by Towers View Post

Maybe some Canadian or non-US sellers can chime in; do you find it kills auction traffic to charge for shipping? I've had no luck getting bids on items I charge for shipping on unless I start them really low, or if i do get a few bidders they go for way less than I would expect. For lighter things (shirts, etc.) I usually offer free shipping, but to keep my margins reasonable I need to ship small packet where possible which doesn't have tracking or delivery confirmation and I'm worried buyers will just claim they never received the item (I have a case open right now for this exact situation).
Thoughts? Do you try to keep it domestic or accept the fact that you're going to take a bath on shipping charges if you try to leverage the US buyers?

 

I tried free shipping and got maybe a little more traffic, but returns are a much bigger hassle. I noticed Spoo doesn't do free shipping, so I decided not to do it anymore. 

post #1342 of 14579
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Originally Posted by bytor13 View Post

Need some advice.  I put up two Harris tweeds last Thursday for auction, but my brother asked me to bring one of them home during Thanksgiving.  I promptly cancelled the auction on eBay, but did so for the wrong one.  Unfortunately, I didn't realize this until this morning, the day on which the auction ends.  There's only one bidder, so I took eBay's advice to contact him to ask him to retract his bid.  Below is our exchange today.  Any advice?

 

Dear xxxxxxxx,

I'm sorry, but this item is no longer available. Since the auction is less than 12 hours from it's end (http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/end_early.html#how), I cannot end it, but you can retract your bid (http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/bid-retract.html). I'm very sorry for the inconvenience and hope that we can do business in the future.



- rilian13

 

 

Dear rilian13,

I don't understand? You didn't get your price so you pulled it? 


- xxxxxxxxx

 

Dear xxxxxxx,

Here's the full story: I listed both this Harris tweed and another (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330829508498&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT) a week ago for auction. My brother asked me for the 42R Harris tweed you bid on, so I went to end the auction. I accidently ended the wrong Harris tweed auction (linked above), but didn't realize it until this morning. Ebay won't let me end the auction for the Harris tweed you bid on, though, because there is less than 12 hours left. Ebay recommended that I ask you to retract your bid, which I did earlier today. The auction will go to the end, but I'll have to cancel the transaction regardless of who "wins" it, because the item is no longer available (i.e. with my brother). I'm VERY sorry that this unfortunate mix-up has occurred and caused you any inconvenience. Please rest assured that this has NOTHING to do with the bidding price (either current or future). Let me know if you have any further questions.



- rilian13

 

 

Dear rilian13,

How do you think this is going to impact your 100% rating?


- xxxxxxxx
 

 

problem solved


Edited by grendel - 11/25/12 at 5:32pm
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Edited by bytor13 - 11/25/12 at 2:04pm
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

A little confused....as soon as you start talking about shipping from Canada into the US thats a different story then what most of us do day to day. For US shipping I set it as free and know about how much stuff costs. As soon as I have to ship to Canada I consider that International and only ship express mail or 1st class registered mail both of which offer a high level of protection but cost a lot. Only way to go.
I think faceofboh has it right. US Sellers have it easy due to the size of your domestic market, you can afford to say $35 to Canada (spoo's shipping charge for shirts) take it or leave it, writing off those buyers or making sure they're very motivated. But if I list an item as $35 shipped to the US I can kiss any traffic goodbye unless its REALLY nice.
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Originally Posted by Mox C View Post

If you are going to include a free gift, you might want to include a little note mentioning that fact and saying that you included it as a thank-you for their business. It might help them realize what it is.

Yeah, in hindsight this would have been better.

Free shirt (you pay shipping) to the first person to list a tie with this format:

*WHOOP WHOOP* Pull Over Dat *Brioni Silk Navy Blue Tie* Too Fat!
post #1346 of 14579
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Originally Posted by bytor13 View Post

Need some advice.

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 I put up two Harris tweeds last Thursday for auction, but my brother asked me to bring one of them home during Thanksgiving.  I promptly cancelled the auction on eBay, but did so for the wrong one.  Unfortunately, I didn't realize this until this morning, the day on which the auction ends.  There's only one bidder, so I took eBay's advice to contact him to ask him to retract his bid.  Below is our exchange today.  Any advice?

 

Dear xxxxxxxx,

I'm sorry, but this item is no longer available. Since the auction is less than 12 hours from it's end (http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/end_early.html#how), I cannot end it, but you can retract your bid (http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/bid-retract.html). I'm very sorry for the inconvenience and hope that we can do business in the future.



- rilian13

 

 

Dear rilian13,

I don't understand? You didn't get your price so you pulled it? 


- xxxxxxxxx

 

Dear xxxxxxx,

Here's the full story: I listed both this Harris tweed and another (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330829508498&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT) a week ago for auction. My brother asked me for the 42R Harris tweed you bid on, so I went to end the auction. I accidently ended the wrong Harris tweed auction (linked above), but didn't realize it until this morning. Ebay won't let me end the auction for the Harris tweed you bid on, though, because there is less than 12 hours left. Ebay recommended that I ask you to retract your bid, which I did earlier today. The auction will go to the end, but I'll have to cancel the transaction regardless of who "wins" it, because the item is no longer available (i.e. with my brother). I'm VERY sorry that this unfortunate mix-up has occurred and caused you any inconvenience. Please rest assured that this has NOTHING to do with the bidding price (either current or future). Let me know if you have any further questions.



- rilian13

 

 

Dear rilian13,

How do you think this is going to impact your 100% rating?


- xxxxxxxx
 
 

PM Sent

 

 

Side note... you're listing is really hard to read....just friendly advice.

 

You are bidding on a great coat. It may be pre-owned, but it still has lots of life in it. Please look closely at the description and pictures to determine if this is the right item for you. . . . . . . . BRAND: Mavest . . . . . . . COLOR/PATTERN: Brown tweed with herrinbone pattern . . . . . . . DETAILS/NOTES: Harris Tweed 100% wool fabric, single center vent, 3 roll 2 button closure . . . . . . . MEASUREMENTS: (made while the garment is laying flat) . . . . . . . (These measurements should only be used as a guideline. They are approximate (within +/- .5 in.). In order to ensure a proper fitting garment, please measure a similar garment that fits you well.) . . . . . . . Armpit to Armpit - 22 in. . . . . . . . Jacket Waist - 21.5 in. . . . . . . . Sleeves (shoulder seam to end of cuff) - 25.75 in. (0 in. to let out) . . . . . . . Shoulders (seam to seam across the back) - 18 in. . . . . . . . Length (from bottom of collar to bottom of coat) - 30.5 in.

 

 

VS

 

 

You are bidding on a great coat. It may be pre-owned, but it still has lots of life in it.

 

Please look closely at the description and pictures to determine if this is the right item for you.

 

BRAND: Mavest

COLOR/PATTERN: Brown tweed with herrinbone pattern

DETAILS/NOTES: Harris Tweed 100% wool fabric, single center vent, 3 roll 2 button closure

APPROX MEASUREMENTS:

These measurements should only be used as a guideline. They are approximate (within +/- .5 in.). In order to ensure a proper fitting garment, please measure a similar garment that fits you well.

Armpit to Armpit - 22 in

Jacket Waist - 21.5 in

Sleeves (shoulder seam to end of cuff) - 25.75 in. (0 in. to let out)

Shoulders (seam to seam across the back) - 18 in

Length (from bottom of collar to bottom of coat) - 30.5 in.

post #1347 of 14579
For the past three weeks I listed a pair of sunglasses at $125 BIN/OBO, and they went unsold every week. This week, I decided to list them as an auction just so I could get rid of them, and they ended up going for $133.

Edit - link for Brianpore
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181028936223?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1562.l2649
Edited by caseyfud - 11/25/12 at 8:50pm
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Originally Posted by caseyfud View Post

For the past three weeks I listed a pair of sunglasses at $125 BIN/OBO, and they went unsold every week. This week, I decided to list them as an auction just so I could get rid of them, and they ended up going for $133.

Edit - link for Brianpore
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181028936223?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1562.l2649

Thanks - That's what I thought they were. Sitting with a very similar pair that I've been trying to get rid of for a few weeks as well. Might toss them up on a 10 day auction this week...

 

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Let me just say that I've rarely had a problem on eBay, either in buying or selling, but this one is starting to grate on me.

 

I bought an item for a very low price, knowing that he'd relisted the item many times, very slowly lowering the into price.  I paid $.99 for the item.  I think his main hangup is describing the item as having some "pit stains" and because he offered shipping at $16.  I figure that he's trying to make money on shipping in order to recoup some investment costs.

 

I knew all of this going into the transaction and have suggested that he ship it via USPS priority in a flat rate envelope ($5.50/max) to which he's said that he doesn't have those envelopes (BS) or that he offered a flat rate and there's no other option.

 

As a consumer, and also as a seller, I figure that compromise is an inherent part of a transaction.  How can I make this unscrupulous fuck ship the item according to a very reasonable and current rate, rather than let him make money on me?  Basically, it's unreasonable to pay a seller an inflated shipping rate for something they know they aren't going to make a decent amount of money on.

 

Edit: This seller is in the US, so USPS domestic makes the most sense. He's been vague about what shipping rate he's gong to use as his standard.

post #1350 of 14579
What seems to be your issue? He has a listed shipping cost and you knew this before bidding, right?
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